Tsetsi takes shot at revenge in Contender semis against Holmes
Vowing to avenge his defeat last year at the hands of Richard 'Frog' Holmes, Tsetsi 'Lights Out' Davis declared yesterday that he was "ready to rumble" in tonight's semi-final of the Wray & Nephew 2016 Welterweight Contender contest at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium.
The fight will be over seven rounds and will be broadcast live by TVJ at 9:30 p.m.
Davis, who has a 16-5 record and has been a semi-finalist and finalist several times in the series, told The Gleaner yesterday that he is "going for broke this year" because he believes that "it is now or never".
"I have worked hard and fought well each year, but the title has eluded me. I think that I am going to do it this year, however," he continued.
Weight, he said, is his main problem. Last year he fought as a middleweight at 160 pounds, but the competition this year is in the welterweight division which is 147 pounds, and he has had difficulty keeping his weight at that level.
"It is difficult, but I am working on it and I should be all right," he noted.
Holmes, who has a 12-5 record, and his trainer, Carl Grant, are also very optimistic about the outcome tonight. Though suffering a cut over his right eye in his quarter-final bout against Iwan Azore on May 18, Holmes said yesterday that the cut had healed and will not be a factor.
Grant pointed to the fact that as a precautionary measure, he did not allow Holmes to do any sparring sessions, but they did several rounds together inside the ring with pads each evening of training, and this, he believes, has adequately prepared his fighter for tonight's encounter.
"Richard is ready and will beat Tsetsi. We are going to be in the finals again," he predicted.
It should be a hard-fought contest with contrasting styles.
In his two previous contests this year, Davis concentrated his attacks on the body. In the first fight against Courtney McLeave, he waged a relentless body attack and McLeave's corner threw in the towel in the fourth round. In his second fight, which was against Charwin Estwick, it was more competitive, but he walked away with a unanimous decision.
His corner said the plan tonight will be to wear Holmes down with a relentless attack from the first round.
Holmes had an easy first-round encounter, when his opponent, Xzavier Ford, suffered an injury 55 seconds into the fight and could not continue while in the second fight against Azore, he had to fight smart after getting cut and ended up with a unanimous decision.
His plan tonight is to "fight smart".
He is not going to take any unnecessary chances, but he intends to be aggressive and hopes that this formula will take him into his second successive final.